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Tag: Atal Bihari Vajpayee

NDRF, DRDO must develop equipment indigenously: Shah

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday hailed the work done by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and its agencies and said that efforts should now be made to develop indigenous equipment to combat disasters in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Addressing a two-day annual conference on capacity […]

Vajpayee wanted Pakistan Army camp hit after Parliament attack

New Delhi: A book authored by the then Navy chief says that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted to hit a Pakistani Army camp in the wake of the Parliament terror attack but was forced to drop the plan at the last moment as it got relocated. Admiral Sushil Kumar also says that while External […]

Who Imposed Emergency, Ignored Others' Contributions, Asks Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a veiled swipe at the Congress, saying there are some people who believe that only a few contributed to the progress of the country while flaying it for imposing Emergency in 1975. In his reply to the debate in the Lok Sabha on the Motion of […]

Op-Ed: Nothing But Sheer Political Opportunism

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The visuals of Biju Janata Dal and BJP candidates filing their nominations for the Rajya Sabha by-poll together in the state assembly have made many political observers conclude that bonhomie is back between the two parties which had parted ways after ruling the state in tandem for more than nine years. […]

Vajpayee-era footprint shrinks in Modi 2.0

New Delhi: Among the 24 Cabinet ministers who were sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind, only four were part of NDA-I, signalling further shrinking of the Atal-Advani impression on the Modi government. Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Prahlad Patel, who are part of Modi 2.0, are the last remnants of […]

Modi pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, Vajpayee

New Delhi: Ahead of his swearing in, Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi on Thursday visited the memorials of Mahatma Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, where he paid his tributes to the late leaders. Modi first visited Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, where he was accompanied by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. The Prime Minister designate then […]

Elections a victory for Modi, Rahul need not resign: Rajinikanth

Chennai: Actor-politician Rajinikanth on Tuesday termed the Lok Sabha election outcome a victory for one individual: Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rajinikanth also said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi need not resign from his post owning responsibility for the party’s defeat. Speaking to reporters here, Rajinikanth said the victory in the 2019 general election was for […]

Congress searching for scapegoats to save Rahul from blame: Modi

Deoghar (Jharkhand): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday targeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi and said the party was already searching for scapegoats to blame them for the party’s eventual Lok Sabha election defeat. In a veiled attack at Mani Shankar Aiyar and Sam Pitroda of the Congress, Modi told an election rally here that they […]

Only Vajpayee formula will work in Kashmir: Modi

New Delhi: Only former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s formula of “Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamooriyat” will work in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday. In an interview to Aaj Tak Hindi news channel, Modi said: “We have an understanding of Jammu and Kashmir and we did not require the experience of […]

PM releases Rs 100 coin in memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

New Delhi: A day ahead of the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, his successor Narendra Modi on Monday released a commemorative Rs 100 coin to honour the late leader, who passed away in August. Addressing a gathering at the Parliament House Annexe here, Modi said Vajpayee never compromised on the ideologies […]

Adityanath inaugurates international cricket stadium in Lucknow

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the ‘Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium’ here on Tuesday. Accompanied by Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, Sports Minister Chetan Chauhan and Congress leader Rajeev Shukla, Adityanath was presented with a memento by Uday Sinha, the Managing Director of Ekana […]

Kovind to inaugurate science festival in Lucknow

Lucknow: President Ram Nath Kovind would inaugurate the fourth edition of the ‘India International Science Festival-2018’ (IISF) in the state capital on Friday, officials said on Thursday. The three-day festival will be dedicated to the memory of late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan told media persons. Uttar Pradesh […]

Op-Ed: The tragedy of being Advani

A picture, they say, tells a thousand words. Just look at the picture above for proof. It is sad to see Lal Krishna Advani, the man who played a key role in the BJP’s transformation from a pariah till the 1980s to the pre-eminent political party in the country today, standing like a supplicant with […]

KV urges Odisha CM to bring resolution on Vajpayee in Assembly

Bhubaneswar: BJP legislature party leader KV Singh Deo has requested Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to move a resolution in the State Assembly during the forthcoming session to express gratitude towards former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In a twitter message, Singh Deo said keeping in view the contribution of Vajpayee towards Odisha; he is […]

Leaders cutting across party lines to join Vajpayee’s memorial service today

Bhubaneswar: A memorial service of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be held at the Unit-3 Exhibition Ground here today. Leaders cutting across party lines are scheduled to join the memorial service this afternoon. BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra and legislators will attend the meeting, informed sources. […]

Op-Ed: In death, Vajpayee may have done for BJP what he couldn’t while alive

In his death, Atal Bihari Vajpayee may have provided the BJP just the shot in the arm it needed ahead of the 2019 elections. While he was alive and ailing, very few in the party bothered about him. In fact, it is entirely possible that had he not been ailing and confined to his home, […]

Remains of Atal Bihari Vajpayee immersed in Puri

Puri: The ashes of former Prime Minister Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee were immersed in the Bay of Bengal at Puri today. As part of the BJP’s ‘Asthi Kalash Yatra’ across the country, urn containing the ashes of Vajpayee (Asthi Kalash) were brought to Bhubaneswar yesterday. The ‘Asthi Kalash’, was taken to Puri in a grand […]

Late PM Vajpayee’s ashes to be immersed in Puri today

Bhubaneswar: The ashes of former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be immersed in the Bay of Bengal near Puri today as part of the BJP’s ‘Asthi Kalash Yatra’ across the country in commemoration of the iconic leader. As per reports Asthi Kalash- the urn containing the ashes of the late PM will be […]

Parties sniff politics behind Atal Bihari Vajpayee's ashes immersion ceremony

Bhubaneswar: Odisha unit of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) is gearing up for a grand ‘Asthi Kalash Yatra’ after the urn containing ashes of former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee reached Bhubaneswar this evening. Odisha BJP president Basant Panda received the urn from External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at a function held at New Delhi […]

Modi, Shah hand over urns of Vajpayee's ashes to BJP state chiefs
Modi, Shah hand over urns of Vajpayee's ashes to BJP state chiefs for nationwide processions

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah today handed over urns containing ashes of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to the party’s state unit chiefs for leading ‘Asthi Kalash Yatra’ in their states as its top brass embarked on an exercise to firm up the legacy of the saffron stalwart. Home Minister Rajnath […]

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes to be immersed in Puri

Bhubaneswar: Former prime minister, late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes will be immersed in Puri on August 23. Odisha BJP unit president Basant Panda will be arriving with the urn (Asthi Kalash) containing the ashes in Bhubaneswar tomorrow. The ashes will be kept at Odisha BJP headquarters for public ‘darshan.’ Later, the ashes will be taken […]

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Naya Raipur to be renamed 'Atal Nagar'

Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday announced that Naya Raipur smart city, will be renamed as “Atal Nagar” in honour of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on August 16 in New Delhi. After a cabinet meeting here, Singh announced that along with renaming of Naya Raipur, the Bilaspur University, […]

Atalji would sometimes address me as Kalicharan: Shatrughan Sinha

Mumbai: “What can I say about Atalji that I havent said before? Atalji and Advaniji are my Gurus my mentors in politics. They are both father figures in my life. I was sent by them to be trained by Nanajee Deshamukh, then to Madan Lal Khurana and Kailashpati Mishra. All through my training initiation and […]


New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mortal remains were consigned to flames with full state honours today at Smriti Sthal in New Delhi. The 93-year-old BJP stalwart breathed his last at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) yesterday in the national capital after struggling with health ailments for nine weeks. Several foreign […]

When India scripted history in Pokhran under Vajpayee's leadership

Jaipur: Twenty years ago, India scripted a success story on May 11 and May 13, 1998 when five nuclear tests were performed in Rajasthan’s Pokhran under the guidance of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had assumed power only a little while ago. It was a completely secret exercise only known to a select […]

Bollywood pays tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Mumbai: From Lata Mangeshkar to Amitabh Bachchan, the sad demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has put all in pain. His demise led to an outpouring of tributes from the Indian film industry. Here’s what they said. * Lata Mangeshkar: Rishitulya purva pradhan mantri Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji ke swargwas ki vaarta sunke […]

Op-Ed: Vajpayee: A Colossus Among Pygmies

It has been a long-standing Indian tradition not to speak ill of the dead, no matter how unsavoury some of the deeds of the person in his lifetime were. So, let us discount all that has been said about Atal Bihari Vajpayee since he breathed his last at AIIMS, New Delhi at 5.05 pm on […]

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‘Bhism Pitamah’ of Indian Politics Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away

The unstoppable and eloquent orator, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, has finally fallen silent for all times to come. After struggling with health ailments at the AIIMS New Delhi for nine weeks, the 93 year old veteran, termed to as ‘Bhism Pitamah’ of Indian politics, breathed his last today. As soon as his health […]

Vajpayee continues to be 'critical', leaders visit AIIMS

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s condition continues to be critical on Thursday as a bulletin is expected shortly from the AIIMS where he has been admitted for the last nine weeks. “Vajpayee’s condition has worsened over the last 24 hours. His condition is critical and he is on life support system,” said […]

Atal Bihari Vajpayee on life support system, condition worsens in last 24 hours

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s condition has worsened over the last 24 hours and is on life support system, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said on Wednesday. “Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been admitted for the last nine weeks at AIIMS. Unfortunately, his condition has worsened over the last 24 […]

Vajpayee admitted to AIIMS, condition stable

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday for “examination and management” triggering VIP visits including that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and Congress President Rahul Gandhi. “Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been admitted to AIIMS […]

Kovind, Naidu, Modi greet Vajpayee on 93rd birthday

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 93rd birthday. “Birthday wishes to our much-loved and respected former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” Kovind tweeted. Naidu said: “Convey my heartfelt greetings to Bharat Ratna, Shri […]

Neetu Chandra to recite former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s poems

Lucknow: Actress Neetu Chandra says she has been invited to recite a few poems of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at an event celebrating his 93rd birthday here on Monday. “I am honoured that I have been invited to recite some of Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji’s poems on his 93rd birthday. It’s an honour to […]

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BJD chief rules out infighting, says party is going strong

Bhubaneswar: Rubbishing talks on BJD infighting, the party supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said there is no such problem in the party. The CM was speaking to newsmen at Naveen Niwas after returning from Delhi. “I don’t feel there is any infighting in BJD. Where are any such things in the party?,” he […]

Naveen wants coalition to sail through 2019 elections: BJP

Bhubaneswar: A day after Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik met Atal Bihari Vajpayee at New Delhi, speculations are now rife over the political significance of the meeting even though the former termed it as a ‘courtesy call’. However, BJP sees it more than just a courtesy visit and has accused the ruling party of having serious political motives behind […]

BJP denies rift in J&K alliance; Azad slams it

New Delhi: The BJP on Monday denied any rift in the BJP-PDP alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir and assured the Mehbooba Mufti-led government of its continued support. “There is no rift in the BJP-PDP alliance,” BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav told the media here after Peoples Democratic Party supremo and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti […]

Pt Malviya, Vajpayee named for Bharat Ratna

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and educationist Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya were on Wednesday chosen for the country's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna